School in Malaysia names new theatre after Commonwealth Secretary-General

    A Malaysian college has named its new state-of-the-art theatre after the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

    King Henry VIII College in Selangor has named its new 600-seat facility the ‘Baroness Scotland Theatre’.

    The auditorium was dedicated to the Secretary-General because of her longstanding support for young people in the Commonwealth through the Commonwealth Youth Programme.

    King Henry VIII College is the sister school of Christ College in Brecon, Wales, a co-educational, boarding and day independent school founded by Royal Charter in 1541 by King Henry VIII.

    The college prospectus says it builds on the experience and expertise of Christ College to create an environment where students’ drama and performance is a significant part of school life, from student-led assemblies to house plays, and from speech and drama lessons to full-scale school productions.

    The Secretary-General said: “I am flattered to be the recipient of such an honour. The theatre is a truly magnificent facility and I’m greatly humbled for it to bear my name.

    “I want to thank everyone from King Henry VIII College for inviting me to visit and open this fine facility. It certainly wasn’t an Oscar-winning performance, but I’m sure this theatre will host many budding Commonwealth stars of the future.”

    The school hopes to become a leading centre for Commonwealth youth programmes in Malaysia.

    The Secretary-General is on a 5-day working visit to Malaysia, where she has been engaging with young people, including talking over breakfast with the International Islamic University of Malaysia and speaking at the Faith in the Commonwealth seminar.